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Booth: We're making clear strides

John Booth: Whilst we have occupied similar race placings for much of the season, we have slowly but surely been eating into the gap to Caterham, pulled further away from HRT behind and, bigger picture, reduced the margin to the front running teams

Marussia F1 boss John Booth believes the Banbury-based team is making 'clear strides' this season.

Although Charles Pic and Timo Glock again finished right at the back in Hungary, and ahead of only the HRT of Pedro de la Rosa, Booth was encouraged by the form of Pic and was delighted to see the rookie trading times with the Caterham of Vitaly Petrov. He is now hopeful they can 'reap even more' in the second half of the season, beginning in Belgium following the summer break.

“First of all I would like to congratulate the whole team on the clear strides we have made so far this season which, based on today's performance, are clearly evident,” Booth said after the eleventh round in the F1 2012 World Championship.

“Whilst we have occupied similar race placings for much of the season, we have slowly but surely been eating into the gap to Caterham, pulled further away from HRT behind and, bigger picture, reduced the margin to the front running teams.

“With another very impressive drive today, Charles has shown just how far we have come, as he was in touch with - and occasionally quicker - than Petrov for a large part of the race. By contrast, Timo had another tough time and has not yet been able to benefit from the clear progress we are making with the package.

“A long break is just what the sport needs right now and we'll go back to the UK, spend the week preparing for the long haul races in the not too distant future and then literally down tools for a couple of weeks to enjoy a well-earned holiday.

“It has been a challenging first seven months of the year and the whole team are to be congratulated for responding so well.

“I have every confidence that when we return to Spa in one month's time, both drivers will be able to reap even more from the current package and the developments we will bring for Monza.”

Pic meanwhile was also upbeat following the Hungarian Grand Prix, and not only did he out-qualify his more experienced team-mate, but he also finished ahead of the German in the race too.

“I am very happy to end the first half of my first season in this way and to be achieving the targets I set for myself,” Pic said. “The race didn't begin so well, as I had a poor start again, so we must look at that and solve it for Spa and beyond as it is another factor that can help us progress in the race. After that, the race pace was very good though, and I am happy that our performance relative to the Caterhams is now much clearer to see, particularly as I had a nice and close battle with [Vitaly] Petrov.

“Now we go into a long break when I will have the chance to reflect on the season so far and look at what we can do for the next half of the season. I would like to thank not just my engineers and car crew but the whole team for a very happy start to my F1 debut.

“It has not been easy for the team but we are making real progress. I wish everyone a good rest for the holidays and look forward to coming back fighting at the Belgian Grand Prix.”



Related Pictures

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27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
28.07.2012- Free Practice 3, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
28.07.2012- Free Practice 3, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
28.07.2012- Qualifying, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
29.07.2012- Race, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
29.07.2012- Race, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01 leads Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01

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oldtimer - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 4:54 PM

Clearly your lead driver does not agree with you and you are still at the back of the field so any gains that have been made have been cancelled out by the more rapid development of the better financed teams. The reality for teams like Murussia and HRT is that they are just making up the numbers until the change in engine regulations when hopefully some well financed new teams will come forward. They simply do not have the money to progress and with testing banned they have little or no hope of ever progressing.

Flash27 - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 11:01 AM

There is always going to be teams at the back... I like the way marussia etc have gone about there business. Setting up the whole vast Infrastructure that is a F1 team and having a solid base whilst not over extending themselves into unrealistic goals, living of false promises and realising where they are at in the moment. They have done this whilst not being left behind, the gap has been constant to the front and is gradually getting smaller as these team learn. All done with a not great but cheaper cosworth engine and no kers unlike caterham who have last years renault engine and kers! I think with kers and a engine that is on par with the other teams marussia and hrt would actually be a lot closer to the mid field and ahead of caterham!!



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